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By @ 01/29/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Hannes Pálsson, Iceland, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Reykjavik, Travel

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Our Global Correspondent and Iceland native Hannes Pálsson grew up in the absence of  TVs and computers during his childhood leading him to a live of exploration and real-world experiences. This sense of adventure has propelled him to visit over 30 countries thus far and join  Pink Iceland, the country’s only LGBT tour company. We spoke to him about his love of Iceland and his passion for travel, and we selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love to travel?

My favorite thing about traveling in Iceland as opposed to my usual city breaks is the feeling of constant awe. I love the fact that I am made to feel small, humbled, by Mother Nature, rather than human achievement. Never have I felt more connected to something greater than the sum of human achievement than when traveling around Iceland

2. How far in advance do you plan your trips?

I seldom plan more than a couple of months in advance and more often then not I get sent a good deal and end up panic booking hotels for the following week!

3. Who do you travel with?

I love traveling on my own but I tend to travel more with my partner or my friends these days. I also try to go on holiday with my extended family every two or three years. Read on for the rest of the interview and for some gorgeous photos of Iceland!



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By @ 01/24/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaysha/516818391

Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaysha/516818391

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

The Super Bowl kicks off in New Jersey and close to New York City on Sunday, February 2nd.

More than one billon people will tune in to the see the Super Bowl. Don’t have tickets to the game? New York will be hosting dozens of Super Bowl viewing parties at city bars, hotels and restaurants.

There are a series of official weeklong events that kick off on Monday, January 27th with the “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular,” a free, ticketed event with performances by Daughtry and Goo Goo Dolls and the Macy’s Fireworks show. The kickoff event, the first to ever be associated with a Super Bowl, will be along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. For all the official information on the Super Bowl, visit www.nynjsuperbowl.com.



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By @ 01/11/14 in Auston Matta, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. He worked as an engineer for six years before deciding to quit his office job and travel around the world with his husband. Since early 2012, they have traveled to nearly 50 countries across the globe and run the travel blog TwoBadTourists.

Auston currently works part-time as a freelance engineer and travel writer, while continuing to explore Europe and beyond from his home base in Madrid. His ridiculous organization, travel savvy and financial planning has helped provide the ability to travel indefinitely.

Follow Auston on his blog or Facebook.

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By @ 01/11/14 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Iceland, ManAboutWorld, Reykjavik, Travel, Vladimir Martinez
Blue Lagoon courtesy Rainbow Reykjavik

Blue Lagoon courtesy Rainbow Reykjavik

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Vladimir Martinez

The third annual Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride Festival will take place January 30-February 2. This Winter festival has been growing in popularity every year with fans coming from all over the world and joining the local LGBT community to admire the breathtaking landscapes, swim in geothermal waters, enjoy exquisite cuisine and, well, party. Vladimir, who runs the gay travel resource site Gay Travel Advice, is not going to miss the opportunity to attend this year.

Read on to discover more about this weekend. For a more compete guide to Reykjavik, be sure to download our soon-to-be-released January/February issue. What, you’re not a subscriber? Click here for our special offer and start traveling with ManAboutWorld.

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By @ 01/10/14 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Rich Rubin, Travel

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Welcome to ManAboutWorld’s newest correspondent, Rich Rubin.

Rich Rubin has written about travel for over twenty years now. He’s thrilled to be back in touch with the team behind ManAboutWorld, having been an early contributor to OUT&ABOUT. He has served as travel editor for Genre and is currently Food and Wine editor for Passport Magazine. His stories have appeared in Saveur, Caribbean Travel & Life, Bride’s, Modern Bride, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications. In his copious free time, he is Producing Artistic Director of Quince Productions, which produces Philadelphia’s only LGBT Theater Festival, GayFest!. He serves on the board of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus.

Follow Rich on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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By @ 12/25/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Michael Luongo, Rome, Travel
Pope Francis celebrates midnight mass. Photo: Mike Luongo

Pope Francis celebrates midnight mass. Photo: Mike Luongo

ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic Global Correspondent Mike Luongo visited Italy this week stopping in at the Vatican to watch Pope Francis deliver his first midnight mass. He took this picture and filed this report.

I had met the current Pope Francis while he was Archbishop Jorge Bergolgio in Buenos Aires I went to take pictures at midnight mass in Catedral Metropolitana. After mass it was easy to shake hands and say hello. This year, I went to Rome for his first midnight mass as Pope.

I think regardless of one’s religion, visiting the Vatican is a special experience, and to be there for midnight mass is especially so.  The sounds of the singing, this time in eight languages, reverberate in the grand dome above the altar. It was a long ceremony, but Rome during Christmas, even if it’s a cold and damp time of year, is something every traveler should try to experience.

And so he might be a different man in a different city, the Pope is now in charge of all Catholics, but I see him as I saw him then: at the altar, baby Jesus in hand, blessing his now larger flock, wishing us all a Merry Christmas.



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By @ 12/23/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Photo du jour, Travel
Marrakech

Marrakech

Our Global Correspondent Sebastian White is a communications manager for a major airline and a frequent, passionate traveler. We spoke to him about his love of travel and selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s the expanded story and more of his photos.

1. Why do you love travel?
When I was younger, I thought of travel as ticking places off a bucket list. Then one day, in someplace faraway and unfamiliar, it clicked: travel is a lens through which we learn about ourselves and begin to understand our tiny place in the bigger world. It’s about realizing the world goes on forever – and it goes on with or without us.

2. How far in advance do you plan your trips?
Spontaneity has always been my thing. I’m almost always a last-minute traveler. More than once I’ve been at the airport and still not sure where to go!

3. Who do you travel with?
I love the flexibility of traveling solo. But I always try to visit friends in other cities, or make new ones.



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By @ 11/16/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Lance Stamps, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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Welcome to ManAboutWorld’s newest correspondent, Lance Stamps.

Lance is a hotel junkie. As the VP of Marketing for ClassicTravel.com, the online division of Classic Travel Service, he hand-picks the hotels that are featured on their luxury hotel booking platform. Classictravel.com features the world’s best hotels and members have access to some of the best rates and amenities available to the luxury traveler. Keeping up with all the new properties that are available to clients is a challenge that he loves. Every hotel has a few special rooms and discovering the perfect one is always exciting. His goal in the near future is to take a year and live in various hotels around the world. Who doesn’t love waking up in a luxury hotel?!

When he is not traveling and expanding Classics hotel collection he enjoys overseeing his nightclub OPEN HOUSE in the L.E.S.

Follow Lance on LinkedIn or on his website Classic Travel

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By @ 11/13/13 in Correspondent, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

CDR_02152013_0090_RSVP_Caribbean_2013 copyBy Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

Since 1985, over 100,000 guests have discovered RSVP Vacations. Now owned by Atlantis Events—among the best brand names in gay vacations—RSVP Vacations has a new president Randel Roper. Formerly of Starwood Hotels, Randel brings a new energy to RSVP.

RSVP is drawing a diverse group of passengers aboard their trips. According to Roper, women are now 10 percent of their passengers. He anticipates 350 lesbians to join RSVP for their February sailing aboard the brand new MSC Divina for a Caribbean sailing from Miami on February 15th.

One reason for the increasing draw of women travelers is due to the work of Rachel Pearson, RSVP’s first lesbian executive producer who is responsible for operations and entertainment. Women traveling on RSVP will find lesbian comics Jessica Kirson and Poppy Champlin. There are women-only brunches, disco and cocktail hours.

“Our women passengers find RSVP an alternative to Sweet and Olivia,” claimed Roper. Sweet and Olivia cater to lesbian travelers offering cruises and land-based trips.

That’s not to say that gay men—who still account for 90% of the ship—will have to forgo their leather and underwear parties. With more Europeans and South Americans discovering RSVP Vacations, the clientele is diversifying beyond RSVP’s traditional American base.



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By @ 10/31/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Jim Werner, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Jim Werner is co-owner of fagabond.com, a full-service LGBT travel-planning website. Jim was born in Philly, raised in Philly, and lives in Philly to this day. He believes in brotherly love so much, he works to promote Philly. In addition to running fagabond.com he works for the city’s tourism office building regional, state, and national relationships with brands like Southwest Airlines, American Express, Amtrak, Comcast and Logo TV to, you guessed it, bring people to Philly. Despite his undying devotion to Philadelphia, Jim loves all aspects of tourism and travel, which is why travel writing is so important to him.

Follow Jim on Twitter @fagabond or on his website.



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By @ 10/27/13 in Correspondent, David DiGiacomo, Event, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Jace Harper

Jace Harper

The annual White Party Week Miami (November 27-December 2) is fast approaching. ManAboutWorld correspondent David DiGiacomo is a regular attendee. He brings us this update and his top 8 insider tips for navigating this incredibly fun event. Before you go, be sure to download ManAboutWorld’s Miami Guide (in the January/February 2013 issue).

Frank Wagner, a successful gay businessman, created South Beach Miami’s White party week for Health Crisis Network a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS service organization in 1985. White party week is a series of fund raising parties leading up the main even “White Party.” benefitting Care Resource (http://www.whiteparty.org/events). White party raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for Care Resource (careresource.org .)Partying to help our community? What can be better then that! It is not too late to get tickets for these events though unfortunately the host hotel National Hotel is sold out! Tips:

  1. Get the VIP event pass! It includes open bar and with the price of the drinks at these events it practically pays for itself. Do this ASAP the 4 and 5 day VIP passes are already sold out! This pass as well as other ticket options and event info can be found at whiteparty.org



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By @ 10/23/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

When it comes to planning, buying, and taking that next trip, are you a travel top or a travel bottom? Do you feel like a travel agent for all of your friends or are you the one that replaced your professional travel agent with your own personal travel expert? Are you the travel guru or do you just want to know where and when to show up?

Take this yes or no 10-question quiz. Here is how it works. You get one point for each yes . You must answer yes or no. Count up your points and then find out your travel personality.

  1. You are the one who regularly makes suggestions of where to go next?
  2. You know your airline loyalty username and password?
  3. You consult seatguru.com before selecting your airline seat?



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By @ 10/15/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Robert Sharp, Travel
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Our Global Correspondent Robert Sharp is co-founder of Out-Adventures, a gay tour company offering gay tours and vacations in over 20 countries around the globe. He spoke with us about his love of gay adventure travel. We selected his journeys as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s this expanded story and more of his photos.

1.   Why do you love adventure travel?
There’s a certain camaraderie involved when a group of guys is pushed outside of their comfort zone. You’d be amazed at the bonds formed when the body or mind is put under the right kind of stress.

2. How far in advance do you plan the trip?
I try to plan my trips around 12 months out, because I’m a busy guy, but every now and then I try to hit a new destination spontaneously.

3. Who did you travel with?
Always with a local, for part or all of my trip. There’s a certain perspective that you can’t achieve from a guidebook or the internet.



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By @ 10/15/13 in Correspondent, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay-Friendly, Haven Caylor, ManAboutWorld, Orlando, Travel

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Haven Caylor is a ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, father to two incredibly cute kids and one of our “Gay Traveling Dads.” He and his husband recently took Ammon and Carter to Walt Disney World Resort. Here his update from the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

‘Let the Memories Begin’ … and treasure them in your heart when the awesome adventure is over. Ammon, Carter, Sean, and I spent the 3rd week of September at Walt Disney World Resort.  For 8 adventure-filled days, we spent time in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom. My synoptic advise for Walt Disney World is GO THERE! Save your money, plan your itinerary (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com was my all-inclusive helper), go, and ENJOY! I also have 3 other pieces of advice I would like to share.

1) Stay on the Walt Disney World Resort. The use of its monorail and bus system is first rate. I highly recommend the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Carter, Ammon, Sean, and I stayed there, and it was in a perfect location. We could walk to the Magic Kingdom in less than 10 minutes, and in the evenings if we were leaving from the Magic Kingdom, it was the first stop off the monorail. We had chosen to drive our own vehicle from our home in Chattanooga to Orlando, and when we parked our car upon our Bay Lake Tower arrival, we didn’t touch it again until 8 days later when we returned home.



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By @ 10/12/13 in Correspondent, Gay honeymoon, Gay marriage, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay-Friendly, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Courtesy: Four Seasons Baltimore

Courtesy: Four Seasons Baltimore

By Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent

With 13 states in the U.S. (as well as the District of Columbia) now with legalized same-sex marriage, there are more and more choices for same-sex couples to choose from for destination weddings and honeymoons. In the first year since same-sex weddings became legal in New York, NYC & Co found that more than 8100 same-sex licenses were issued in the city alone.

The travel industry loves same-sex weddings. We are a new group of potential customers. We tend to book our ceremonies very quickly and we opt-out of the standard cookie cutter ceremony. Just read the Sunday New York Times Wedding announcements, the LGBT community is anything but typical.

With so many options to celebrate our love, it pays to be a smart and well-researched groom or bride. Here are just a few of your choices to mark the most important decision of your life (that is after you come out!)



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By @ 09/09/13 in Canada, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Scott Marquardt, Travel

travelphotoScott grew up as a prairie boy in Calgary, Alberta then traded in his cowboy boots for galoshes when he moved to the historic port city of Halifax on the East Coast of Canada. He developed a desire for travel early on thanks to his adventurous parents and a genuine curiosity about the world. Having visited over 30 countries across four continents, he’s been incurably infected with the travel bug with no plans to stop any time soon.

In Scott’s advertising career he worked on the award-winning LGBT advertising campaign for Destination Halifax and is currently on the Travel Gay Canada board of directors.

Follow Scott on Twitter @marquardtscott

Connect with him at scottgoestheworld.com

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By @ 09/09/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Nepal, Scott Holman, Travel
Suspension Bridge, Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek

Suspension Bridge, Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek

Our Global Correspondent Scott Holman recently returned from Nepal, and we selected his journey to feature as this month’s Parting Shots in our magazine. Here’s his expanded story, and more of his photos.

1. Why did you go?
My spouse and I both independently had always wanted to see the Himalayas in person. Together, we wanted to do the popular Mt. Everest Base Camp trek and see the world’s tallest mountain up close.



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By @ 09/04/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Steve Roth, Travel

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Steve Roth has been fascinated by the world around him since he began writing to a pen pal in Sweden in the fourth grade. Since then, he’s lived, worked and studied in Mexico, Spain and Japan, as well as all four mainland U.S. time zones. A graduate of the University of Chicago in Latin American Studies, Steve speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.

Today he lives in Los Angeles and is president of OutThink Partners, a leading communications and marketing agency specializing in the travel industry and the LGBT market. Steve’s favorite recent travel destinations: Iceland, Easter Island, and of course, Brazil.

Follow Steve on Twitter at @outthinkpartnrs or connect with him atoutthinkpartners.com.

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By @ 08/16/13 in Correspondent, ManAboutWorld, Vladimir Martinez
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Vladimir Martinez is passionate about travel. Since youth he travelled with his family across Europe and when he grew up he started to travel beyond. With the “Travel Bug” inside he studied Tourism at Girona University and has a Master’s degree in Travel Agency Management from Barcelona University.

Currently based on the beautiful island of Menorca where he spends part of the year working as a tour planner and running www.gaytraveladvice.com, Vladimir has travelled extensively across every continent and with the idea of sharing his knowledge and passion more widely and, as he says, “because everyone has an adventure in their soul and I want to help them achieve that”, he sets up Gay Travel Advice.

Follow Vladimir on Twitter @Gaytravel1

Get some, well, gay travel advice at his blog GayTravelAdvice.com.



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By @ 08/09/13 in Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kuala Lumpur, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert visited Malaysia and sent us this picture of the Petronas Twin Towers lit up to mark Eid al-Fitr 2013, the traditional celebration of the end of Ramadan and the breaking of the fast that took place August 8.

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers



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